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Did I switch machines one spin too soon?

23 August 2010

My question relates to a bank of machines that are tied together. If I'm playing a machine and switch, and after a few minutes someone sits down and hits a good payout on that machine with one spin, did I just quit one spin too soon or is it more random?

Thanks,
Truman

Dear Truman,

It's more random. The random number generator (RNG) in the software running the machine is constantly generating new outcomes. For you to have hit the good payout on the first machine, you would have had to have hit the Spin button at the exact same instant that the other player hit it.

It wasn't the case that next spin was going to have a good payout. It was the case that the value of the RNG corresponded to a combination with a good payout at the instant the other player hit the Spin button.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John


Send your slot and video poker questions to John Robison, Slot Expert, at slotexpert@comcast.net. Because of the volume of mail I receive, I regret that I can't reply to every question.

John Robison

John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots
John Robison
John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots